Tearful Kanye West launches presidential campaign with rambling rally

Angela Weiss / AFP

In his first rally for his last-minute presidential campaign, rapper Kanye West ranted against historical figure Harriet Tubman, argued policy with attendees and at one point broke down in tears.

West, 43, a former supporter of President Donald Trump who has left voters befuddled over whether his campaign is genuine or a publicity stunt to help sell albums or merchandise, delivered rambling remarks during an unorthodox rally in Charleston, South Carolina.

In remarks that lasted just over an hour, he called on random members to speak, appeared to be putting forward policy proposals off-the-cuff, and made comments that left even those in attendance muttering in disbelief.

"Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves. She just had the slaves work for other white people," he said at one point when discussing economic inequality.

The event, which was livestreamed on YouTube and carried on local television stations, did little to clarify whether West is genuinely attempting to win the presidency.

The campaign he launched with a July 4 tweet has already missed several deadlines to appear on key state ballots.

At times, he even seemed to suggest he was more interested in disseminating a message than winning the presidency.

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